Millions will be watching to see what goes down between Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa when she returns to ‘Live!’ on April 26…and he’s totally freaking out about the reunion. HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE scoop on how Michael’s hoping everything goes down!
Things are a bit awkward between Kelly Ripa, 45, and Michael Strahan, 44, since he announced he’ll be leaving their talk show, Live!, on April 19, and they’ll finally meet face-to-face for the first time since the big announcement on April 26. And even though they’ve worked together for four years, Michael is totally nervous about reuniting with his co-host!
“Michael is nervous as hell about Tuesday. He wants to see Kelly on-air first rather than backstage before because he knows that it is going to be very awkward,” an insider tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “He feels like seeing her on TV will lighten up her anger, but for the most part, he wants it over with and wishes it was already Wednesday!”
The football star may have no reason to worry, though, because despite being totally blindsided by his departure announcement, Kelly is reportedly planning on acting like everything is fine when they’re back on camera together Tuesday.
As we previously reported, Kelly skipped Wednesday and Thursday’s Live! shows after Michael’s big reveal, and had already been scheduled to have Friday and Monday off. “I wanted to thank you all for giving me the time to process this new information,” she said in an email to the show’s staff.. “Your kindness, support and love has overwhelmed me. We are a family and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday morning.”
Fans were initially worried that the 45-year-old wouldn’t come back to Live! at all, but with a $15 million annual paycheck, it’s pretty hard to turn the job away. “She makes a lot of money, but she spends a lot of money, and so does her husband,” a source told TMZ.
Michael is scheduled to stay on Live! through the summer, and he’ll begin his full-time role on Good Morning America this fall.
Do you think things will be awkward between Kelly and Michael, HollywoodLifers?